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Traineeships in the legal division

23-12-2013 Job Opportunity

Location: Headquarters

The ICRC's Legal Division is offering six paid traineeships for a period of one year at its headquarters in Geneva. The traineeships start in autumn 2014.

Applications should be submitted to the following e-mail address between the 1st and the 30th of April 2014. Any applications submitted outside of this period will not be considered. The selection process will take place between May and June 2014.

Your application file should include the following elements:

  • A fully completed traineeship form (attached below)
  • A cover letter, not exceeding 800 words
  • A CV, not exceeding two pages, which indicates in particular:
    • The titles and the number of hours of international humanitarian law (IHL) courses followed
    • Any academic writings and/or other research work carried out in IHL
    • Any relevant professional experience in relation to IHL.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Trainees at the Legal Division undertake a variety of assignments, including carrying out research and writing project briefs on specific legal questions primarily related to IHL, both in French and  in English. They also review legal documents, contribute to the preparation of meetings, prepare draft reports or minutes of meetings and give presentations on IHL to groups visiting the ICRC.

Profile required:

A university degree in law or international relations and a Master degree in international law (or an equivalent post-graduate legal training);
Excellent knowledge of IHL (shortlisted candidates will be tested in IHL during the course of the interviews).
Fluency in either French or English, and a very good understanding of the other;
Age: Applicants should be between 25 and 30 years old at the beginning of the traineeship.

Given that there are normally a very large number of applications for these traineeships, the legal division is unable to provide additional information.

Enclosure: traineeship form